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Rose and Duffy split top prizes on Shark Billiard Tour (Stop #4)

As is often the case when a finals match is scheduled that could well finish after dawn, Nathan Rose and Les Duffy split the top two prizes on the Shark Billiard Tour, at the end of Stop #4, on Saturday, February 28 (moving into Sunday, March 1). As the hot seat occupant, Rose was the official winner of the $500-added event that drew 73 entrants to Boulevard Billiards in Ocala, FL.
Rose and Duffy did not meet in the event. By the time Rose moved among the winners' side final four, Duffy was already at work on the loss side, where he'd win eight in a row for a chance against Rose in the finals. Rose met up with Jim Udischas in one winners' side semifinal, as Richard Schau and Robert Batson met in the other. Rose and Schau met in the hot seat, after identical 8-2 wins over Udischas and Batson. Rose took the hot seat 8-3 and waited for Duffy to complete his loss-side run.
With three wins behind him on the loss side, Duffy downed Anthony Meglino 6-2 and Stu Fox 6-3 to pick up Udischas. Batson drew Dan Plumber, who'd eliminated Devin Brown 6-1 and Will Billbrey 6-1. Duffy and Plumber advanced to the quarterfinals; Duffy 6-4 over Udischas, Plumber, double hill over Batson. Duffy took the quarterfinal match 6-3 over Plumber and played his final match against Schau in the semifinals. A 6-2 win there gave him a shot against Rose that never happened. The two agreed to a split and called it a night. . morning.
In addition to the standard payouts, cash prizes were awarded to the top junior and female finishers in the event. Jim Froot, who finished in the tie for ninth, won $400 as the top junior, while Michelle Monk took home $200 as the top female. The next stop on the Shark Billiard Tour, scheduled for Saturday, April 4, will be hosted by Strokers Billiards in Palm Harbor, FL.
Tour director Nick Applebee thanked Boulevard Billiards' owner Donald Kreischer and his staff for their hospitality. Applebee noted that sponsorship opportunities for the tour are available by contacting him at 904-772-4129.

Kennedy wins Tiger SE Open 9-Ball stop, splits top prizes with Meglino

Tommy Kennedy

It was 3:30 in the morning when Tommy Kennedy, sitting in the hot seat, and Anthony Meglino opted out of a final match during the $500-added, November 30 stop on Kennedy's Tiger Southeast Open 9-Ball Tour, which drew 41 entrants to Cunningham's in Vero Beach, FL. As far as Kennedy was concerned, the default event title worked out just as well for him, because Meglino, he noted, coming off a nine-match, loss-side winning streak was shooting lights out as he got closer.

"He was shooting really well," said Kennedy, "so it did kind of work out for the best for me."
Kennedy had sent Meglino west in the second round, and Kennedy moved on, advancing, eventually to the winners' side final four, where he met up with Carlos Torres. Jim Sandaler, in the meantime, locked cues with Chris Gentile. A 7-4 win for Kennedy and a double hill win for Sandaler, put them into the hot seat match, where Kennedy prevailed 7-2.
With four matches behind him, Meglino defeated Devin Brown 6-1 and shut out Prescott Buckwold to draw Gentile, coming over from the winners' side semifinals. Torres drew Chris Daly, who'd gotten by Justin Hall 6-3 and Billy Burke 6-2.
Torres got successfully back on the winning track with a 6-4 victory over Daly, but Meglino handed Gentile his second straight loss, defeating him 6-1. Meglino advanced to the semifinals without lifting his cue, as Torres forfeited the quarterfinal match.
Meglino then eliminated Sandaler in the semifinals 6-3, which gave Kennedy, looking on, a glimpse of what he might be facing. They opted out of the final match, declaring Kennedy, in the hot seat, the event winner.
Kennedy thanked Chris Devila, owner of Cunningham's and his staff for their hospitality, as well as sponsors Tiger Products, J. Pechauer Custom Cues, Mueller Recreational Products, Chris Nitti Custom Cues, Chris Hightower of Cue Man Billiards, Daivd Adams of Byron, GA and Simonis Cloth.

Davis wins single-game shootout final to take Poison Tour Open/Pro event

Mike Davis

Mike Davis and Tommy Kennedy split two, double hill matches during the May 19 Open/Pro stop on the Poison Tour; Davis took the first, and Kennedy took the second. They played a single match to determine the event winner, and Davis won it to claim the title. The $1,000-added event, run concurrently with an Amateur event, won by Trevor Moore (the same way), drew 34 entrants to Cunningham Pool & Darts in Vero Beach, FL.

They met first among the winners' side final four, when Davis' double hill victory put him in the hot seat match. He was met by Raymond Linares, who'd finished second in the Amateur event, and defeated Adam Wheeler 6-4 in this Open/Pro matchup. Davis prevailed in the battle for the hot seat 6-2 and waited on Kennedy.
Kennedy moved over to pick up Anthony Meglino, who'd defeated Devin Brown and Jason Sheerman, both 5-2, to reach him. Wheeler drew Precott Buckwold, who'd eliminated Jessica Barnes, also 5-2, and Cal McGann 5-1. Kennedy and Buckwold met in the quarterfinals, once Kennedy had downed Meglino 5-3 and Buckwold had dispatched Wheeler 5-2.
Kennedy then chalked up two straight 5-3 wins, against Buckwold in the quarterfinals and Linares in the semifinals. He took full advantage of his re-match against Davis, battling him to double hill before prevailing in a first final set, which led to the single-game shootout. Davis won that single game and claimed the top prize.
Tour director Tony Crosby thanked the ownership and staff at Cunningham Pool & Darts, as well as sponsors Poison Cues, and Simonis Cloth.